GLOBAQUA aims to improve the scientific knowledge regarding the relationships between multiple stressors so as to identify potentially synergistic linkages, and to assess how these interactions determine changes in the chemical and ecological status of water bodies.
Spacial attention will be given to the role of water scarcity and to the relationships between biota and stressors in this condition. An integrative approach to effects on water quality, organisms and ecosystems function and services will be used. Moreover, GLOBAQUA aims to establish cause-effect relationships between multiple levels through the use of integrative modelling.
The alteration of ecosystem services related to the effects on socio-economic development will also be investigated. GLOBAQUA will contribute to improving water management practices and policies by taking into account the influence of multiple stressors. An analysis of current policies will be carried out as well as the definition of scenarios of alternative management practices and policies (e.g.: the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/ EC) and other related regulations).